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Coast Guard suspends search for downed plane

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a downed aircraft that went missing about 110 miles east of Charleston on Thursday. A Sumter man is thought to be one of the passengers. … more

State releases school report cards amid criticism, skepticism

Well, they are finally out, at least. Amid varying levels of criticism and skepticism, which can be common with a new state-wide school rating system, the state Department of Education released Thursday school report cards including scores for … more

S.C. Gov. McMaster: Farmers lost $125 million in storm

The Office of the Governor has released its preliminary damage assessment caused by Hurricane Florence in South Carolina. In a letter Gov. Henry McMaster sent to South Carolina's congressional delegation requesting their continued support and as … more

Sumter native, Wilson Hall alum was on downed plane flying from South Carolina coast

Search efforts have been suspended for a downed aircraft that went missing about 110 miles east of Charleston on Thursday, carrying a Joseph Allbritton Jr., a Sumter native and Wilson Hall … more

Trump-backed McMaster, Democrat Smith vie for SC governor

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The time has come for South Carolina voters to decide if they will give Gov. Henry McMaster a full term in the office he's held for nearly two years, as he goes head-to-head … more

In Texas, Ted Cruz squares off with rising star O'Rourke

EL PASO, Texas — Beto O'Rourke has already used his once-longshot Texas Senate run to become a national Democratic phenomenon, shatter fundraising records and set off whispers that he could be … more

WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it's up to voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweetstorms and a trade war. Kanye in the Oval Office. Kavanaugh in the hearing room. President Donald Trump's presidency has been a wild, turbulent, two-year ride. Now … more

It takes a community: Sumter police, fire departments visit neighborhoods for National Night Out

In the spirit of strengthening relationships with law enforcement, residents hung out with Sumter's first responders for an evening of communication and fun during the annual celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday. People all over the … more

The latest on Election Day in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties with updated feeds

Here is the latest information on Election Day in Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties, as well as issues that affect or may be of interest to readers taking place across the nation. Stay tuned here … more

Shelters opening in Sumter, Lee to safeguard against Hurricane Michael (UPDATED THURSDAY)

Emergency shelters are continuing to open throughout Wednesday across the Palmetto S.C. Region of the American Red Cross’s service area in anticipation of Hurricane Michael, including one in … more

ELECTION RESULTS: Midterm races affecting Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5 Michael Chandler (Constitution) Ralph W. Norman (R) Archie Parnell (D) U.S. House of Representatives, District 6 James E. Jim Clyburn … more

Fall Feast's unique menu to benefit Sumter Green

Thursday night brings the most eclectic menu available in Sumter to Nettles Building and grounds at University of South Carolina Sumter. When Sumter Green Fall Feast sets up for the one-night-only event, friends and neighbors gather to socialize, … more

Historical tour tells of Sumter Cemetery's famous inhabitants

If you've ever wondered who's buried here in Sumter, now's your chance to find out. Dearly Departed Tours will be giving lantern-led "Echoes from the Past Tours of Sumter Cemetery," which is located at 700 W. Oakland Ave., with period-dressed … more

500 adoptions and counting: Judge McFaddin reaches case number milestone after 10 years of service

"Your child is my No. 500th child," Judge George McFaddin Jr. told the Mason family about 16-month-old Elizabeth after her adoption was finalized Monday afternoon. This day is about people like the Masons who give themselves and give back, he … more

Community, leaders say 'it's time to get it right'

"Let's get this right this time and realize our full potential." That was a theme mentioned Thursday night by some local residents at a community forum at Sumter High School on the district's superintendent search process, which has just begun. … more

Crew begins filming movie across Sumter

The film crew you may see around town this week is in the process of making "The Old Man and the Pond," a feature-length movie written and now being directed by Sumter native Jason Mac (McElveen). McElveen is also the star of the film being produced … more

Family, finally: Adoption Day introduces 24 kids to forever homes

Three days before Thanksgiving, 19 families officially welcomed in 24 children during the 10th year of Adoption Day at Sumter County Judicial Center on Monday. Since its start in 2008, more than 500 children have been adopted into their forever … more

Palmetto Health partnering with Sumter schools for telehealth program

SUBMITTED Palmetto Health is joining MUSC Health, Sumter School District and the SC Telehealth Alliance to offer education and clinical telehealth services to Sumter County students in select schools. To kick off the partnership, Manchester … more

Shop smart this season with tips from Sumter law enforcement

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but shoppers shouldn't get so absorbed in the holiday cheer that they leave themselves and purchases vulnerable to Grinches. Local authorities encourage residents to plan ahead and put safety first … more

18 of 21 school board candidates attend Meet the Candidates Night at Crestwood

Eighteen of the 21 candidates running for six available seats on the Sumter School Board took to the stage Tuesday night to answer platform questions about topics including teacher pay and the … more
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